Windows Live Writer – Set Publish Date

The Sassy Southerner wrote a post Testing Window Live Writer. She ran into a little confusion concerning setting the publish date, so I thought I would write a post to clarify the functionality of this option.

Set publish date allows you to set the date of your post. If you are writing a post that you want to appear immediately after you click publish, then you don’t need to set a publish date. Set publish date is used to write a post that you want to appear in the future. Set publish date is located at the lower right below the content area.


WLW-SetPubDateYou are going to be gone a day or two, and you don’t want your readers to miss one day of your blogging goodness. You can write a couple of posts early, and then use the Set publish date to have the posts appear on your blog over the next few days.

I tend to write my posts late at night, and then use Set publish date have them post at 6:00 am the next morning. To set a publish date:

  1. Click the Set publish date drop-down arrow.
  2. Select the date on the calendar
  3. Select the time, and don’t forget to put in AM or PM as appropriate.
  4. Verify the date / time of the post on your blogging platform.

Setting the publish date is an excellent way to write a post to appear later and is just another reason to use Windows Live Writer.


6 Responses to “Windows Live Writer – Set Publish Date”

  1. Sassy Says:

    Thanks so much for helping me with that. That’s what I was dong wrong the whole time. I was selecting the date even if I was publishing right then instead of just hitting publish.

  2. Thomas Says:

    Sassy – I am happy to help. I figured since you had that question, that others might also.

  3. Sassy Says:

    I’m sure they do. You have a better way of explaining it than I do 🙂

  4. Mitch Milam’s Microsoft Discussions » Blog Archive » Setting the publish date using Windows Live Writer Says:

    […] but I wasn’t exactly sure how it works.  Luckily Thomas has a really good explanation here.  I tested it this weekend and the article was published as requested. Tag: Windows Live […]

  5. Mom On The Run Says:

    Awesome! I’m using WLW Portable on my U3 enabled USB Memory Stick to write up my blog posts at work, however I didn’t want them to be published on my blog until a later time (ie: when I’m not at work, if you know what I mean….). I’ve been racking my brain out trying to figure out how to edit the publish time (I had previously figured out how to edit the date). Your post has helped me immensely! Thank you!

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  6. leostanley Says:

    hi good one

    do we have in wordpress blog

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